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spirit7125 Mar 8, 2007 10:13 AM

Looking for the best items on the menu...I am not into the "restaurant week" menu. Wondering about the fois gras, the pasta, and the steaks.....any recommendations? oh, and wines to match..

  1. heathermb Mar 8, 2007 10:19 AM

    I always opt for their tomato soup and a half order of the bolognese - YUM!

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      spirit7125 Mar 8, 2007 10:38 AM

      I was thinking of the bolognese. I had read good reviews about it. What's so great about the tomato soup? I've only had Campbells' :-)

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        heathermb Mar 8, 2007 10:51 AM

        Very, very strong tomato flavor, slightly spicy (just a hint). Warming in cold weather!

    2. foodforthought.m Mar 8, 2007 10:27 AM

      I haven't had their most recent fois gras: "Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Golden Raisins, Grilled Cipollini, Fresh Thyme" however their version served with pear, shallot jam and balsamic emulsion from a little while ago is AMAZING. I love foie gras and have had it most places that serve it in the city...the best is Davios and one that I had at Aujourd hui- also with pears and balsamic drizzle, except their version included a thin slice of ginger flavored bread/biscuit. Also, the portion at Davios was enormous- alarmingly actually. Though still as flavorful and tender as ever.

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        spirit7125 Mar 8, 2007 10:40 AM

        So maybe if others in my party will share it, I'll order it...don't want to burst an artery or anything, eating it all on my own. Thanks for the recs...the one at Aujourd'hui looks more like what I'd like to keep all to myself.

      2. hotoynoodle Mar 8, 2007 10:39 AM

        their gnocchi are terrific.

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          spirit7125 Mar 8, 2007 10:41 AM

          That was my next question...thanks

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            Joanie Mar 8, 2007 10:51 AM

            If you're into chicken livers, they're excellent there.

        2. heathermb Mar 8, 2007 10:52 AM

          As to portion size - you can get the pastas and risottos as half portions (except maybe the lobster risotto).

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            ginnyhw Mar 8, 2007 10:58 AM

            It's been a year or more since we were there but I recall the sommelier really impressed my husband who was very happy with the wine. And it is a "steakhouse" and the steak, lamb and veal entres are excellent. Great risotto too.

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              BostonBarGuy Mar 8, 2007 11:03 AM

              The Sommeilier, Al Stankus, is a really nice guy and very knowledgeable. He has steered me away from pricey, big-name wines and towards better quality boutique-vineyard wines that have been great.

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                spirit7125 Mar 9, 2007 06:49 AM

                RECAP: So, we had a great time last night. It was bustling due to Restaurant Week. Only one person in my party got the RW menu, the most notable item being the mushroom ravioli, which were earthy and delicious. I shared the fois gras with her and it was one of the most decadent things I've ever eaten..absolutely wonderful. As I was the only wine drinker, the waiter recommended a very nice Sangiovese for it. I followed with the tomato soup, something I'd never have ordered if it weren't for your recs. It was thick and delicious, very warming on a cold night indeed. I was torn between the bolognese and the gnocchi. The waiter recommended the latter and though it wasn't the best sauce, the pasta was light, fluffy, and very fresh. My friends had items ( which I also sampled) such as mac & cheese: not as creamy as I'd like, but tasted like gruyere was in the mix; lobster risotto: tasty, but again, not creamy-I like risotto that will cling to an downturned spoon; and a chicken and penne dish that was just okay. For dessert, they had the apple tart, which was far better than my dessert, the tiramisu. The RW dessert was three mini pastries, all were delicious. The service was excellent for a very, very busy night. I will be returning to sample the "carne" portion of the menu. Oh, and the martini's are excellent too. Thanks again for your recommendations!

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                  heathermb Mar 9, 2007 07:01 AM

                  So glad you liked it - last night was a perfect night for their soup!

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